Phi Alpha Theta

May Membership Special
For a limited time, the Phi Alpha Theta lifetime membership fee
has been reduced to just $40. Join now and save!

The Department of History maintains a chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society. To see what we're up to, check out the UW Phi Alpha Theta Facebook page.

"We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways."
---- Phi Alpha Theta Mission Statement (

To apply for membership to Phi Alpha Theta, please complete the membership form and submit your one-time membership fee:

  1. Please complete the membership form.

    To be eligible for membership, undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and be in the top 35% of the class. Membership is not limited to History majors.

    Graduate students should have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours towards their Master's Degree in History, have a GPA of better than 3.5, and shall have completed approximately 30% of the residence requirements for the Master's Degree.

  2. Please pay the  $50  $40 sign-up fee, as outlined below. Applications without membership fee payment will not be processed. Note, however, that this is a one-time fee--there are no annual dues. 

    The sign-up fee may be paid by cash, check or the Paypal Pay Now button below. If using check, please make it payable to UW Phi Alpha Theta; cash or check payments may be submitted to the Department of History Main Office in Smith Hall 318.


    The membership fee will be returned to you if there is any problem processing your application.

  3. After your application and payment are received, your unofficial transcript will be reviewed to confirm eligibility. Please email PAT's faculty advisor, Professor Charity Urbanski ( with any questions.

For more information, or to talk with an officer or member about joining, please contact Professor Urbanski, at Or, pick up a flyer and meeting schedule in the History Undergraduate Advising Office.

We look forward to seeing you in Phi Alpha Theta!